Welcome to Blackpool
Welcome to our Blackpool Guide, packed with information about what to see and do giving you an insight into the unique attractions, best shopping and lively nightlife available in one of Britain’s best loved seaside towns. Blackpool attracts thousands of visitors every year and offers something for all the family, from the annual Illuminations to world-class ballrooms and unrivalled music and entertainment as well as the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide.
Stuck for ideas? Our Blackpool Guide offers a range of ideas for all seasons. The kids will love Nickleodeon Land at Pleasure Beach Resort featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Rugrats and more. Opposite is the Sandcastle Waterpark with 18 amazing slides and attractions. Admire the panoramic views as far as North Wales atop Blackpool Tower and be sure to visit in Autumn, when the town lights up for the Blackpool Illuminations. Browse through our Blackpool Guide to and get an insight into this wonderful seaside resort and all it has to offer you on your Blackpool break.
Must do's by day
Try white knuckle rides at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
See the largest collection of tropical sharks at Sea Life Blackpool
Explore the sights with Blackpool City Sightseeing
Must do's by night
Don’t miss the annual Blackpool Illuminations
Catch a show at the Winter Gardens
See the unique and unforgettable Funny Girls show
Travelling to Blackpool
Blackpool has excellent transportation links making it easily accessible to the hoards of people who visit the seaside town each year. Preston, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales are a short distance away, and travelling further afield is easy thanks to frequent and reliable public transport.
Fast and frequent train services connect Blackpool North and South stations to Lancashire and beyond. Travelling to and from London by rail takes on average 3 hours 20 minutes. Trains north to Edinburgh take around 4 hours.
Blackpool is easily accessible via the M55 motorway linking the resort with the M6 and Britain’s extensive motorway network. Travelling by road from anywhere in the country is simple, and Blackpool’s main attractions are well signposted to make your journey easy once you arrive.
Blackpool International Airport is situated just 2 ½ miles from the town centre and offers flights to a range of destinations across Europe and further afield. Manchester Airport is around a 1 hour drive away for any flights that unavailable at Blackpool itself.
Getting Around in Blackpool
Blackpool is easy to explore and the North and South Piers are separated by a pleasant walk along the ‘Golden Mile’. The promenade tram makes it even easier to explore the delights of the seaside town.
Multi day travel cards are available as well as City Sightseeing tours of the town during the summer. The majority of hotels are on one of the numerous bus routes, meaning visitors can stay where they like and not worry about transport
Britain’s first electric public service tramway travels on 12 miles of track from Starr Gate to Fleetwood. The new state-of-the-art FLEXITY tram has now been introduced; all brand new models focus on customer comfort and safety, and making the tram links very efficient.
Taxis are readily available at both major train stations and all around the promenade area, and will take you all around Blackpool for very reasonable prices.
Getting to Blackpool
Travelling to and from Blackpool is a relatively easy task as it’s one of the most popular short break cities in the UK. With its location just west of the M6, the largest motorway in the country, travelling by road is a very simple way of getting there. If you don’t want to have to hit the road, train services are frequent and reliable, and travel from the majority or major stations in the UK. Blackpool airport is also a possible travel option, although European flights are its main source of business.
Rail is the easiest way to get to Blackpool from around the UK, as frequent and reliable services run throughout the day. Services connect both North and South Blackpool stations to Lancashire and the rest of the country. Travelling to and from London by rail takes on average 3 hours 20 minutes and trains north to Edinburgh take around 4 hours. As it’s one of the most popular seaside destinations in the country, there are plenty of trains to Blackpool that run on a regular basis.
Blackpool sits just west of the M6 motorway, the longest and one of the busiest in the UK. Easily accessible via the M55, journeys to the town by road are very simple. Thanks to the UK’s great road network driving to Blackpool from anywhere in the country is easy, and with the main attractions in the area clearly signposted you can find your way to wherever you need to go without any trouble
Blackpool International Airport is located just 2 ½ miles from the town centre and offers flights to a range of destinations across Europe and further afield. Manchester Airport is around a 1 hour drive away for any flights that unavailable at Blackpool itself. Jet2 is the most common airline provider to use Blackpool airport with the most common destinations being Alicante and Tenerife. The airline provider, Manx2 is the main one to fly across to the Isle of Mann and Ireland which is only a 40 minute flight.
Getting around Blackpool
Blackpool is incredibly easy to get around in, thanks to a compact area of attractions and a generally flat landscape. Walking and cycling are the most common way to explore, as it’s preferred you don’t use cars in order to maintain the resorts fresh, clean air. A very effective tram system is available to take visitors around Blackpool, as well as numerous bus services that can take you to most places around the area. As an escape from the smoggy industrial cities, Blackpool’s crisp atmosphere is what draws in the thousands of visitors and their transport services strive to maintain that.
By BusBus services connect most hotels to all the attractions around Blackpool. The Tourist Information Centre and Blackpool Transport Services’ office on Market Street have timetables and discounted fare passes to help make your travel a little bit cheaper. Make sure you get a Metroguide bus map, which is also a convenient street map, so you can plan your travel routes for the day. Discounted travel passes for buses and trams can be purchased for 1, 3, 5 and 7 days.
Cycling is a great way to get around all of the attractions at your own pace whilst having fun on the bike too. You don’t even need to bring your own set of wheels either, as Blackpool has recently installed hundreds of bikes available for hire 24/7 from automated hubs along the promenade and inland around Stanley Park. Just book your hire slot at www.hourbike.com/blackpool and enjoy a blissful ride around the beautiful seaside streets. There’s also a handy cycle park situated in the town centre, so if you do take your bike with you, it’s easy to lock it up while you enjoy the sights.
The best way to get around the town, especially during summer monthsis on foot. With loads of entertainment happening throughout town centre, including street performers and musicians, walking from one great attraction to another is the only way to guarantee you don’t miss a thing. With the fresh air and the sounds of the seaside, walking is also the best way to enjoy the typical Blackpool atmosphere. Grab some candyfloss and take a stroll along the promenade for a truly British break.
Shopping in Blackpool
There are many shops in Blackpool selling a whole range of products. The main shopping areas are the streets surrounding Houndshill Shopping Centre which is in the heart of the town just a short walk from the promenade. Recently redeveloped, Houndshill houses big high street names, great cafes and coffee shops and a huge car park. For more of a local shopping experience, just to the east of the town you will find continental markets, boutique stores and shops selling local produce.
Top Home Stores
The Coronation Rock Company, 72 Bank Hey Street, Blackpool
They sell their rock throughout the UK, in Europe, The Canary and Balearic Islands and as far away as Australia, and it’s so good that it’s won two Guinness World Records.
Bonny Street Market, Bonney Street
This is the largest open-air market in Blackpool and is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike. Just 100 yards from the promenade, it sells a variety of produce at over 75 stalls.
Debenhams, 17 Victoria Street
A huge department store within the Hounds Hill Shopping Centre, Debenhams caters for shoppers every need, along with a delicious café and coffee shop.
Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street Blackpool, FY1 1PU
A huge exhibition of some of the best up-and-coming as well as established contemporary artists from the UK and abroad. The items to buy are of a very high standard.
TopShop, 17 Victoria Street
One of the most popular high street stores, Topshop takes the lead in Hounds Hill Shopping Centre and is one of the most popular clothing stores in the town.
Eating out in Blackpool
Blackpool is popular with people from all over the world due to it being one of the most traditional seaside towns in the UK, therefore the variety in cuisines and places to eat is very diverse, and perfect if you’re staying for a few nights so you can try different things. From Chinese to Italian, French to good old fish & chips, there’s bound to be something that you’ll love. And if you can’t find anywhere, you can always head to the promenade and fill up on candyfloss and doughnuts!
Top 5 Most Popular Blackpool Restaurants
Tiramisu, 91 Abingdon Street, Blackpool
Whatever the occasion for your meal out, this romantic little Italian will provide the perfect atmosphere and service for your needs. Great food at great prices.
Dahlia’s Kitchen, The Garden Place Cropper Road, Blackpool
Perfect for afternoon tea of a relaxing lunch, with delicious home made cakes and an infamous Sunday lunch too
Michael Wan’s Mandarin Cantonese Restaurant, 27 Clifton Street, Blackpool
First class service and delicious food, this Chinese and Cantonese restaurant is said to be one of the best in Blackpool. Not the cheapest but the food makes it worth it
Lahore Restaurant, 8 Station Road, The Sandhurst Licensed Hotel, FY4 1BE
This ‘hidden gem’ is one of Blackpool’s only Indian restaurants, and provides amazing food at very reasonable prices
Rowley’s Restaurant, Blackpool FC Hotel | Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FY1 5JJ
Traditional British cuisine at its best, this modern restaurant has a great atmosphere and very friendly staff to help you with all of your needs.
Nightlife in Blackpool
Nightlife is huge in Blackpool, and as it’s incredibly popular with hen and stag do’s, bars and clubs are in abundance. However, for those visitors who aren’t into the bar scene, there are plenty of other amazing attractions to keep you entertained and away from busy crowds. Whether you love a good show at the theatre or fancy holding your nerve on the infamous Pepsi Max: The Big One, Blackpool’s nightlife is full of ideas for you.
Top 5 Blackpool Nightlife
Pepsi Max: The Big One, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Once the tallest rollercoaster in Europe, the Pepsi Max is a must do for any adrenaline junky. If you book online before you go, you can save £10 on your ticket
Blackpool Grand Theatre, 33 Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HT
Designed by Frank Matcham in 1894, this amazing space is a wonder of restoration and revival, presenting a full range of every performing art form.
Paris Casino, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool fy1 4eu
A great place to enjoy a night time gamble, with very friendly staff, a delicious restaurant and reasonably priced bar, too.
The Blackpool Tower Dungeon, Bank Hey Street, Blackpool FY1 5BJ
If you’re brave enough, delve into Blackpool’s most horrible history and experience live actors, thrilling rides and exciting special effects.
Comedy Carpet, Blackpool Promenade
A long line of quotes from famous comedy genius’ from over the years. You can walk on top of it and enjoy a laugh at some of the best one-liners the world has heard.
Bars in Blackpool
A hugely popular destination for hen and stag do’s, Blackpool’s bar scene is thriving and full of choice. From the usual well-know and loved venues like Flares, Yates’ and Reflex to more upmarket and sophisticated bars like Manchester and The Litten Tree, the variety of destinations means you can try something different every night of your stay. Whatever your style of music or your taste in drinks, there’s something to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning.
Top 5 Blackpool Bars
Manchester, 231-233 Central Promenade, Blackpool FY1 6AH
One of most well-renowned pubs on the promenade, Manchester caters for all types of visitors. Serving high quality traditional ales as well as popular contemporary drinks.
The Dutton Arms, 441 South Promenade, Blackpool FY4 1AR
A traditional family pub, serving great food throughout the day, drinks until the early hours and live sport on widescreen TVs.
Saddle Inn, 407-411 The Promenade, Blackpool
Built in 1776, the Saddle Inn is one of the oldest pubs in Blackpool. A splendid air of yesteryear with a warm and welcoming atmosphere
Reflex, 193-197 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5DL
The best 80’s and pop party venue in Blackpool. A sea front bar with and electric atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to really let your hair down.
Yates’s South Promenade, 407-411 The Promenade, Blackpool
Five minutes walk from Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a great view over the sea, popular Yates’s is a great place to head for relaxing drinks and great music.
Bars in Blackpool
A hugely popular destination for hen and stag do’s, Blackpool’s bar scene is thriving and full of choice. From the usual well-know and loved venues like Flares, Yates’ and Reflex to more upmarket and sophisticated bars like Manchester and The Litten Tree, the variety of destinations means you can try something different every night of your stay. Whatever your style of music or your taste in drinks, there’s something to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning
Top 5 Blackpool Attractions
Pleasure Beach, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool
Buy an unlimited ride wristband at around £25pp (you can save about £5 by booking online), or buy a pass for just £5 which includes several attractions and a show
Blackpool Tower and Circus, Promenade
Britain's best Circus, Ballroom dancing, Dungeons, 4D Cinema and the brand new Tower Eye are just some of the attractions here.
Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP
Blackpool Zoo is a family friendly attraction, providing fun and education for all ages. Over 1000 animals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates reside in a scenic 32 acre park.
Stanley Park, West Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 9HQ
A significant Grade II listed and Green Flag Award winning green space, situated within the heart of Blackpool, Stanley park is the perfect day out for picnics, walks and architecture.
Madame Tussauds, 89 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA
Madame Tussauds, Blackpool opened its doors on 21st April 2011 and is filled with the best of UK celebrity. A must see for visitors to Blackpool